With a two-day break at EURO 2016 before the knockout rounds begin, now seems like a good time to take stock of what we’ve seen so far from each team and rank them accordingly.
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Pre-tournament favorites such as Germany, Spain and France have largely lived up to the billing with a few lingering doubts creeping in, while Wales, Croatia and Poland have emerged as dark horses, especially considering they’ve been drawn on the easier side of the knockout stage draw.
First-timers Iceland, Hungary, Wales and Northern Ireland have all progressed to the Round of 16 but can they go any further? Wales have the best chance and after winning Group B, they’ve shown they’re well organized and defensively sound, plus it always helps when Gareth Bale is in top form.
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The likes of Belgium, England and Portugal have all underwhelmed so far, but they are through and while they’re still around they still have a chance to go all the way.
Heading into the Round of 16 here’s our ranking of the remaining 16 teams based purely on how they’ve performed so far. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
- Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland